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Happy Tails

Zippy and Britches Happy Tail

Zippy and Britches Happy Tail

This is Zippy and Britches Happy Tail submitted by Haven H. Sibley. Meet my girls Zippy and Britches. This is their “Deaf Dogs Happy Tail”. My girls, Zippy (patch of color on eye and side) and Britches, had a rough start in life. While looking for Lily, the cat, who had gotten out of the house, my husband happened upon puppies that somebody had abandoned. When we went back to get them we discovered that there were four puppies barely alive, one dead pup and the mother was also dead. We took the four pups home.   All of the pups were all covered in mange, had very little hair left, had wrinkled skin from malnourishment. The poor pups could barely stand from being so weakened from starving. We called our vet (Union Vet Clinic in Farmerville, LA) to get initial instructions for care until we could take them in […]

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Zima’s Happy Tail

Zima's Happy Tail

Zima’s Forever Home – Zima’s Happy Tail Written by Elizabeth Crites (aka Vicky)   My husband always wanted a black lab that he could teach to hunt, so in July 2012 we bought a puppy. Mac was our baby and we had so much fun teaching her obedience and hunting! For me, it was a “no brainer” when I saw Zima’s picture on Deaf Dogs Rock Facebook page. It didn’t matter to me that she was deaf. I knew she would be the perfect addition to our family. My husband, however, was less convinced. My first meeting with Zima was at a pet store. She did not understand all the smells, other animals and now these new people trying to ‘talk’ to her. She was very agitated and excited….not at all the happy beginning I was hoping for. The foster agency agreed to let me foster Zima for two weeks. We […]

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Merlin’s Happy Tail

Merlin's Happy Tail

This is Merlin’s Happy Tail told by Merlin’s human mom Katie Rannou. To say that Merlin has changed our lives would be a total understatement; he has completely blown our minds every day since February 2012, when he became a part of our family.  Both my husband and I have always been “dog people,” but we waited to get a dog together until we had a house and a nice backyard. Our first dog that we adopted was Josie, a 5 year old female Boxer who had been rescued from a severe abuse and neglect situation. She was one of the most timid and terrified dogs that I had ever seen, but behind those scared eyes, we saw a sweet girl who just wanted to be loved. After much patience, coaxing, and LOTS of treats, Josie started to come out of her shell a little bit more every day. We noticed that much of her fear […]

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Dude Rocks!

Dude Rocks!

This is Dude’s Happy Tail sent in by Dude’s daddy Brandon T. Graham. I have a white boxer that is 5 months old and he is deaf. Here is some information about my dude.   1. My name is Baylor Dude 2. I was born 05/23/13, I’m a pure bred Boxer. 3. Im mostly white in color with brown markings, and a brown ring around my right eye. 4. I’m deaf 5. I was named Dude before my owner had seen me. 6. I came from a littler of 13 puppies. 7. My favorite toys are a LED laser, any type of bottle, and my stuffed dinosaur. 8. I’m scared to be alone 9. I love meeting new people and their pets 10. I love going for walks, I need at least one per day. 11. I do not like the ocean but I love the beach. 12. I have […]

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Chance’s Happy Tail

Chance's Happy Tail

Chance’s Welcome Home Story ~Vicky & Jeff Darnell We have been bursting at the seams waiting to share this exciting news!! The adoption papers were signed June 19th “The only way another dog is coming into this house is if he is a deaf black lab!” My husband attempted to place overwhelming constraints on our next dog. “Okay,” I smirked. “What?! No! You’re kidding me?? I thought deaf dogs had to be white!” he exclaimed. Three days later we saw the most adorable head tilt on a deaf black lab named Chance. All Paws Rescue was too helpful in arranging a transport right to our home town. And Laurie Metzger agreed, it would be best for us to foster Chance for awhile. We all wanted to make sure he was a good fit with our two girls, Mac and Zima. Not two weeks later, Chance made the journey from St. […]

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Hope’s Happy Tail

Hope's Happy Tail

From Tracey – Hope’s Mom: I would like to share this story and a picture of my beautiful Hope.   I adopted her December 29, 2013 after my black lab, Worf, died on Christmas day. She was given up because she was deaf, but the excuse given was “she was cat aggressive”. I have cats and she does just fine with them. I went to the local humane society to ‘just look’ the weekend before Christmas. I needed a break from dealing with Worf’s hospice care. I just wanted to look and love a on dog or two for a bit. When I went through the kennel area, Hope was the only dog not jumping and barking. She sat watching me with her blue eyes. I really think she knew I needed something. (I didn’t know she was deaf.) She wasn’t up for adoption because she was suppose to go […]

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Bandit’s Happy Tail

Bandit's Happy Tail

This note and story was written by Bandit’s mama Karen Nielsen. Here is my story on Bandit. I would love to help get the word out about what amazing pets deaf dogs like Bandit can be with the love, patience and training. I guess I’m kinda like a parent in the fact that I think my dog is the best and best looking deafie ever! I had a good time going through some of Bandits earlier photos and and reminiscing the days when he first came home with us.   I truly believe Bandit and I were put on this Earth together for a very important reason.  I thought it quite ironic when I discovered him to be deaf as I was in a really abusive relationship ten years ago and can’t hear in my right ear as a result of the abuse. I have not been in a close […]

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Meet Radcliff

Meet Radcliff

Radcliff is my deaf three year-old Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd mix. I was checking the local humane society website regularly, his photo was on the site for almost three weeks. CHS’s description indicated that he was deaf, approximately 3 months old and a lost dog. I went by myself. When someone would walk into the area, all the dogs would bark. The kennels were all full, it was deafening. But he just sat there, calm and still by the gate watching me. He did not bark.     I waited a few days to see if anyone would adopt him. He was a puppy after all, and people love puppies. I asked two good friends for their opinion, both were dog people with border collies. They both told me I needed to get him. One said her dog would do what she wanted with few verbal commands because “she’s used to […]

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Reggie’s Story

Reggie's Story

Update 5-25-2015: Reggie and his family are Rescue Warriors and just taking a look at Reggie The Deaf Pit Bull FB page you will see they spend much of their time advocating and rescuing dogs in their area. If you get a chance go over and take a look. Happy Tail: Reggie was found wandering, abandoned and starving, in NE Kansas. He was taken to a no-kill shelter, but he was very scared and screeched and barked a lot, they couldn’t figure out how to calm him – he was scheduled to be euthanized. A 16-year old volunteer for the rescue organization Game Dog Guardian convinced her mom to foster him and he was pulled from the shelter just a few days before he was to be put down. One day, I was browsing Game Dog’s site, not really for any particular reason, and saw a photo of a sweet […]

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Laila’s Happy Tail

Laila's Happy Tail

Laila is the best dog we ever had! She is the most amazing pup! We still call her puppy even though she is going on 4 years old. When we purchased her from the breeder we had no idea the issues she had. Apparently, she had been fed raw ground beef in the attempts to fatten her up which resulted in her being very sick once we got her home.   She was 6 lbs when we brought her home and it took about a week before we were certain that she could not hear. At that point, we loved her to “deaf” and it didn’t matter what was wrong with her. Although she can’t hear she certainly has a set of skills that allows her to adapt to her environment. She doesn’t know she can’t hear. In fact, she doesn’t know that she’s not 6 lbs anymore. We have trained […]

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